Thursday, 4 Mar 2021

Premier Scott Moe ends speculation of an early election

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says voters will not head to the polls this spring.

Moe made the announcement Thursday following weeks of uncertainty to when electors would cast their ballot.

He also asked the government to form a bipartisan committee to tackle novel coronavirus. Reiter says forming a committee will be up for the premier to decide.

On Thursday, Finance Minister Donna Harpaur reiterated that the budget will not be delayed, which will be presented in the House on March 18.

Budget day often draws large crowds to the Saskatchewan Legislature. The health minister said he will review the risk assessment related to budget day crowds, but as of now, no restrictions have been put in place.

Concerned about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

Health officials say the risk is very low for Canadians, but they caution against travel to affected areas (a list can be found here). If you do travel to these places, they recommend you self-monitor to see whether you develop symptoms and if you do, to contact public health authorities.

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing – very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. And if you get sick, stay at home.

For full COVID-19 coverage from Global News, click here.

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